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                                                                                                 October 2009

                  Eikendal appoints Nico Grobler as winemaker

                  Celebrating three decades of dedicated winemaking, Eikendal, the prominent vaulted
                  cellar on the foot of the Helderberg in the Cape Winelands, has appointed a new
                  winemaker who is everything but a newcomer to the estate, Nico Grobler.

                  “Born and raised in Gauteng, I soon realised my destiny when my family relocated to
                  Stellenbosch in 1997 and I first laid eyes on the verdant Winelands. It was Eikendal who
                  first introduced me to the intrinsic aspects of quality vines and winemaking and today,
                  after four years working here, I can truly say that I know every square inch of vineyard on
                  the farm like the palm of my hand,” says Nico.
Nico Grobler
                  After matriculating from Stellenbosch High School, Nico followed his dream of becoming a
                  winemaker and completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture (BSc Agric)
                  specialising in Viticulture and Oenology at the University of Stellenbosch.

                  During his studies Nico cut his winemaking teeth at Eikendal where he did his harvest
                  practical and soon became a regular hand in both the vineyards and the cellar.

                  “A combination of destiny and good judgment brought me to the wine business and
                  ultimately to Eikendal. For me winemaking is not a job, but simply a passion put into
                  practice and I look forward to my new challenges as guardian of both the vineyards and
                  the cellar,” says Nico.

                  Fostering the philosophy of ‘quality wine is made in the vineyard’ Nico firmly believes that
                  Eikendal is situated in the country’s most premium pocket for producing exceptional
                  Chardonnay with strong regional and varietal integrity, showcasing the best
Eikendal cellar   characteristics of the cultivar. In addition Eikendal is positioned perfectly on the famed
                  ‘golden slopes’ of South Africa’s red wine production.

                   “My first challenge is to consolidate the Eikendal range focusing only on those wines we
                  are renowned for. I want to go back to basics, aiming for big Bordeaux-style reds that are
                  bold in structure with opulent fruit and flavour whilst our streamlined white wine
                  repertoire will be led by our wooded and unwooded Chardonnays,” explains Nico.

                  Eikendal maximises its perfect location on the foothills of the Helderberg and its proximity
                  to False Bay to produce great wines. The red varieties in particular, benefit from the cool
                  maritime conditions which allow slower optimal ripening of the grapes. The estate’s
                  flagship red wine is the elegant Classique – a classic Bordeaux-style, oak-matured blend of
                  Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
More about the Helderberg
      Wine Festival                 Nico’s favourite white wine duo to produce and to enjoy is the richly wooded Eikendal
                                    Chardonnay, shaped by grapes picked at optimal ripeness and its unwooded counterpart,
The 2009 Helderberg Wine            Janina – named after the first granddaughter of one of Eikendal’s Swiss owners.
Festival promises a voyage of
discovery     when        thirty    “I’m privileged to be able to do what I’m passionate about. To be able to wake up to the
participating wineries in the       sight of Table Mountain in the distance, framed by the Helderberg in the background and
Helderberg area pull out all the    lush vineyards at your doorstep. It certainly beats a good day at any office. For me the
stops from 22-25 October.           secret lies in happiness when it comes to crafting memorable wines,” he adds.

An exciting line-up of tailor-      A talented winemaker in his own right, Nico has a clear idea about the style of wine that
made events at participating        he likes to produce. For him winemaking is all about balance, resulting in refined wines of
wineries includes a family fun      classic intensity flavour and finesse. Nico is married to Christelle, an economist at the
walk which starts from Eikendal     University of Stellenbosch and when not looking after his precious gems in the vineyards
wine farm and sets foot along       and cellar, he loves relaxing with a good bottle of Burgundy Pinot Noir, enjoyed with a
the Helderberg.                     fresh garden salad or gourmet cheeses.
                                    For more information on Nico and his Eikendal wines contact the cellar at 021 855 1422 or
Festival packs and glasses are      send an email to
available from all participating
wineries at R75 per person,         Eikendal hosts ‘To Thai For’ dine and wine experiences during 2009 Helderberg
valid for the whole weekend.        Wine Festival
To find out more about the          23-25 October 2009
Helderberg Wine Festival visit       East meets west when Eikendal Cellar, prominently situated in the heart of the
.za or contact Tel: 021 981 0216    Helderberg Winelands, tantalises taste buds with a fusion of Thai delights and a selection
or Cell: 083 556 3740.              of their finest wines, during the 2009 Helderberg Wine Festival.

                                    From Friday the 23rd to Sunday, 25 October, Eikendal offers you the perfect retreat to
                                    escape the weekend rush with sublime Asian mouthfuls, skillfully prepared by the Thai
                                    masters of the popular Wang Thai and Simply Asia restaurants. Winemaker Nico Grobler
                                    and his team will add extra spice to this “To Thai For” experience when they haul out the
                                    latest cellar gems to reawaken the senses.

                                    Guests can indulge in a threesome of royal Thai dishes, ranging from R25 to R30 per
                                    serving, while Eikendal’s wine range will be available by the glass or bottle to be savoured
                                    at your table, inside or outside at the water’s edge. A free wine tasting of selected
                                    Eikendal wines will also be on offer in the cellar’s tasting lounge during this year’s festival
                                    which kicks off on the Thursday, 22 October.

   Thai chef hard at work           Similar to the all embracing style of Thai cuisine which offers an ‘explorasian’ of hot, sour,
                                    sweet, bitter and salty flavours in the mouth, Eikendal, has a wine to suit every palate and
                                    pocket. The estate is renowned for big Bordeaux-style reds, such as the classic flagship
                                    blend, Classique, which is bold in structure with smooth, yet opulent fruit, whilst the white
                                    wine repertoire is led by acclaimed wooded and unwooded Chardonnays.

                                    Fancy exotic stir fried prawns with a silky, rich Semillon or how about a hot red curry
                                    enjoyed with crisp Sauvignon Blanc? Then Eikendal is just the place for friends and family
                                    to soak up the splendour of the Winelands and have a bit of ‘Sanook’ – fun!
    Wang Thai Beef Basil
                                    Eikendal’s ‘To Thai For’ dine and wine experiences (including wine tastings and sales) will
                                    be on offer from Friday (23 October) to Sunday (25 October) between 10h00 and 16h00.

     Kathy Raath Promotions         For more information contact Eikendal at Tel: (+27)21 855 1422 or send an email to
        Cell: 072 2004 700
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Experience the pleasure of
staying on our wine farm and
soak up the beauty of the
                                    Landskroon Wines Recent Achievements
surrounding views.
                                                      2009 Paarl Shiraz Challenge – 1st RUNNER-UP
With the city of Cape Town                               Landskroon Paul de Villiers Shiraz 2007
only 40 minutes away, it is a
tranquil retreat after a day                              2009 Michelangelo Awards – SILVER
spent in this world renowned                             Landskroon Paul de Villiers Shiraz 2007
tourist destination.                                       2009 Michelangelo Awards – GOLD
                                                                 Landskroon Port 2004
The cottage can sleep four; it
has a double bed plus a double                    2009 Private Bank Winemakers' Choice Diamond Award
sleeper couch.                                                   Landskroon Shiraz 2007

The Landskroon cottage has all      Konfetti – September 2009
conveniences to make your
stay pleasurable. It is fully
equipped and is serviced daily.

If you can’t leave your business
behind, facsimile and e-mail
services are available at
Landskroon’s Business Centre.
To enquire about availability
Click Here.

  Landskroon offers tastings
      and wine sales from
  Mondays to Saturdays with
  seasonal picnic lunches by
        Accommodation is
     available in Landskroon
  self-catering cottage, ideal
   for a weekend getaway in
    the Winelands. For more
   information on their wide
       range of wines, visit
    or phone: 021 863 1039.

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                                   LANDSKROON NEW VINTAGE RELEASES:

                                                             Landskroon Chardonnay 2009 (unwooded)
                                   100% Chardonnay
                                   Grapes were harvested during the cool of the day at 24°B, destalked and left on the skins
                                   for 7 hours. After pressing, the juice was allowed to settle overnight - the clean juice was
                                   separated and selected yeast added. Initial temperatures were controlled at around 15°C
                                   but towards the final stages of fermentation it was allowed to rise to approximately 18°C
                                   thereby facilitating optimum conditions for completion of the process. After clarification
                                   the wine was stabilised for protein and tartrates.
                                   The crisp fruit acid adds liveliness to this wine. Packed with rich lemony fruity and tropical
                                   flavours. Dry finish.
                                   Enjoy on its’ own or with chicken, various fish and shellfish dishes. Serve well chilled.
                                   Up to two years. Best while young and fresh.
                                   Alcohol/Vol: 13.50                                Acidity:         5.9g/L
                                   Residual Sugar: 2.7 g/L                           pH:              3.25

                                                              Landskroon Blanc de Noir 2009 (off-dry)
                                   100 % Shiraz
                                   Grapes were harvested at 22.5 °B and juice obtained by subjecting the whole bunches to a
                                   gentle tank press. After allowing the juice to settle overnight the clean juice was
                                   separated and wine yeast added. The temperature during fermentation was maintained
                                   at 15°C. In order to obtain the desired sugar level for an off-dry wine, concentrated grape
                                   sugar was added. Protein stabilization was achieved with a bentonite fining where-after
                                   the wine was subjected to tartrate stabilisation at -2°C.
                                   A fresh fruity off-dry white wine made from red grapes. Lovely floral whiffs.
                                   Attractive on its’ own but also good company to snacks and light meals. Serve well chilled.
                                   To be enjoyed while young and fresh.
                                   Alcohol/Vol.: 13.00                               Acidity:         6.20
                                   Residual Sugar: 9.10                              pH:              3.15

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                                   Sterhuis flying high
                                   The Sterhuis Chardonnay 2008 was selected for South African Airways first and business
                                   class wine list.
                                   Sterhuis in the media
                                   In Michael Fridjhon’s article ‘Spoilt for choice as winemakers prove their dedication’,
                                   posted on, the Sterhuis Astra (Sauv/Chenin/Chard blend) and Chenin
                                   Blanc were both short listed as at the best wines of the new wave producers.
                                   For the full article click here.

                                   Amorim Cap Classique Challenge
                                   The Teddy Hall Blanc de blancs MCC 2005 came third in the MCC Wine Challenge this
                                   year. It also received **** stars and is one of Wine Magazines Editors Choice wines for
                                   October 2009.
                                   Teddy Hall New Releases
                                   Teddy Hall Wines is releasing three new wines this month, the Teddy Hall Winter
                                   Moments Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon to partner the Teddy Hall Summer Moments Chenin
                                   blanc. The other two wines are the Teddy Hall Syrah Reserve and the Teddy Hall
                                   Sauvignon blanc.
                                             Teddy Hall ‘Winter Moments’ Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
                                   A blend of rich ripe black fruit on the nose, lush juicy plums and velvety dark chocolates
                                   with velvety tannins
                                   In The Vineyard
                                   This wine is sourced from Stellenbosch vineyards, planted mainly on broken shale, Table
                                   Mountain Sandstone and some koffiklip with underlying clay. Average yield is 8.4 tons of
                                   fruit per hectare.
                                   The Harvest
                                   Picking was at full ripeness with sugars at 24.8° Balling while the acidity was measured at
                                   6.3g/l average and the pH was 3.4.
                                   In The Cellar
                                   The wine was fermented in open fermenters with regular pump-overs to extract good
                                   colour and tannin. I used French oak staves during maturation to ensure a velvety mouth
                                   Ageing Potential
                                   This wine is drinking exceptionally well now and will gain in complexity over the next
                                   three years.
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                                   Blend Information
       Cell: 072 2004 700
                                   56% Shiraz, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon
       Tel: 021 8554033
   Fax: 086 617 DANE (3263)        Food Suggestions
22 Aster Rd, Somerset West, 7130   This wine can be enjoyed with most meat and vegetarian dishes, great with pizza and        pasta dishes.
                                                                  Teddy Hall Syrah Reserve 2008
                                      The deep purple, almost opaque Syrah Reserve 2008 is a complex wine. The palate is
                                      layered with mulberries and spice particularly apparent, along with a noticeable smoky
                                      Syrah character. The purity of black fruit and concentration is seductive. While still
                                      young, the finish is a touch mouth puckering but being packed with primary fruit flavours
                                      it will gain in complexity and seductiveness with age.
                                      In The Vineyard
                                      The vines which yielded the fruit for this wine were planted in 1995, on broken shale soils
                                      in a prime part of Stellenbosch. And average of 6.7 tons of fruit per hectare was
     THE NEDBANK CAPE                 harvested off the trellised and drip-irrigated vines.
     WINEMAKERS GUILD                 The Harvest
          AUCTION                     After tasting and analyzing the grapes I decided to pick on 25 February 2008. At that time
Everyone is welcome to attend         the sugar level was recorded as 23.8° Balling while the acidity was measured at 6.8g/l
the Auction - you do not need to      average and the pH was 3.3.
be invited.
                                      In The Cellar
First-time bidders will be required   Four ton capacity open fermenters were used in the making of this Syrah. It was
to pay a refundable deposit of        inoculated with a red wine yeast on its second day in the winery. The cap of fermenting
R2000 to bid and this can be          grapes was punched down gently rather than vigorously because Syrah has a somewhat
made by bank guaranteed
                                      friable skin which disintegrates if worked too hard. After five days of skin contact it was
cheque, cash cheque or credit
card either in advance or upon        pressed and then pumped into tank where it underwent malolactic fermentation. The
collection of your bidder's           next step in the process was to transfer it into second, third and even fourth-fill barrels
number on the morning of the          for between 12 and 14 months of maturation. After tasting my way through the wines, I
Auction.                              made a selection and then bottled the Syrah Reserve with the minimum of interference.
For more details, please contact      Ageing Potential
Kate Jonker at:                       This wine needs time to show its true colours. It will gain in complexity and be at its best          around 2013.
or 021 852 0408. REGISTER NOW
                                      Blend Information
DATE:    3 October 2009               100% Syrah
TIME:    09:00 – 14:30
VENUE:   Spier                        Food Suggestions
COST:    N/A                          This wine can be enjoyed with most beef, lamb, venison, chicken, vegetarian and pasta

                                                                 Teddy Hall Sauvignon Blanc 2009
                                      Tasting Notes
                                      Pale straw is the description of the colour on this wine. While the nose provides around
                                      of fig and melons, in the mouth it is tangy and crisp with the same flavours following,
                                      along with some tropical notes too. The refreshing zestiness on the finish is an
                                      enticement to take yet another sip.
                                      In The Vineyard
                                      A combination of both trellised and bush vines were used in the vinification of this
                                      Sauvignon blanc. Planted in 1990 on broken shale the vineyards are mostly dry land
                                      although some vines had the benefit of drip irrigation. Yields averaged out at around 6.5
                                      tons a hectare.
            Teddy Hall
                                      The Harvest
                                      Always an early grape to enter the cellar, the Sauvignon blanc was harvested on 5
                                      February 2009 when the ripeness was measured at 22.8° Balling. Countering the grape
       Kathy Raath Promotions         sugar, the acidity was recorded at 7.8g/l on average and the pH at harvest was 3.1.
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                                   In The Cellar
                                   Keeping Sauvignon blanc cool is essential in order to get the most from the grape. It
                                   arrived at the cellar in the early morning and was lightly pressed before settling overnight
                                   in a stainless steel tank. The clear juice was then racked off and inoculated with Vin 7
                                   yeast and fermented at 10°C. It was also left on its lees for four months in order to
                                   extract the maximum amount of flavour – with the lees also stirred up periodically. The
                                   standard pre-bottling regime of cold stabilization and filtration was then followed. Please
                                   note this wine was bottled under screwcap in order to retain as much flavour and
                                   freshness as possible.
                                   Ageing Potential
                                   Still fresh and zesty, this wine will gain complexity over the first 30 months.
                                   Blend Information
                                   100% Sauvignon blanc.
                                   Food Suggestions
                                   Enjoy with seafood, chicken, vegetarian or pasta dishes.

                                   Four Cousins TV Ad
                                   The Four Cousins brand celebrates its 10th birthday next year and is currently South
                                   Africa’s biggest selling brand enjoyed by South Africans all over. This last week saw
 The four cousins on set           Hennie, Phillip, Bussell and Neil flying to Jhb to do their part for our very 1st Four Cousins
                                   TV ad that will be screened from mid October onwards on all major channels. Watch out
                                   for it!

                                   Four Cousins Limited Release MCC
                                   For some time now winemakers Danelle & Bussell have kept a watchful eye on Van
                                   Loveren’s very 1st Methode Cap Classique developing in the cellar nursery. A limited
                                   quantity of bottles were degorged after 9 months on the yeast cells and while the Cap
                                   Classique is actually destined for our signature range (which will be released next year),
                                   we have decided (mostly due to our own excitement!) to put some of this stunning wine
                                   under the Four Cousins label on the market. The Four Cousins Methode Cap Classique is
                                   an elegant sparkling wine with zesty lime and mineral characters. It has refreshing apple
                                   tones with tiny festive bubbles, well balanced by the vibrant acidity and a light yeasty
                                   character. A limited edition methode cap classique wine made for the best of times! With
                                   a trading price of only R 72 this bubbly will do great as a “by the glass” MCC in restaurants
                                   and wine bars.
   Shooting on location

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                                   Rapport Musiek Maestro’s
                                   Van Loveren is a great supporter of the arts and on 13 September we played host to the
                                   Musiek Maestro’s with performances by Jak de Priester, Lize Beekman, Brandon October,
                                   Jannie Moolman and Annake de Villiers. Almost 350 guests enjoyed a truly great
                                   performance. Our next cultural event will take place on 27 November 2009 with Sharleen
                                   Surtie Richards in the role of Shirley Valentine.

   Maestro’s in action                                  Cramond Sauvignon blanc/Chardonnay 2009
                                   The wine combines the grassy flavours of the Sauvignon blanc with the citrus flavours of
                                   the Chardonnay (lightly oaked). The wine has a good acidic backbone, which adds length
                                   to the wine. Fresh and crisp, to be consumed within 2 years of vintage.
                                   A fruit-driven, dry white wine.

                                   53% Sauvignon blanc / 47% Chardonnay.

                                   Tons per Hectare

                                   Age of Vine
                                   14 Years old.

                                   Well drained alluvial sandy soil; Karoo.

                                   4 Wire Perold system.

                                   Drip irrigation controlled by a computer system through meters and tensiometers.

                                   Machine harvested. Night harvested at optimum ripeness.

                                   Cold fermentation, unwooded. Minimal intervention in the natural process of vinification,
                                   allowing the cultivar to express its individual characteristics and the soil of the origin.

                                   Alc: 13.52% R/S: 1.82g/l T/A: 7.29g/l pH: 3.45

                                   Maturation Potential
                                   1 to 3 years.

                                   Food Suggestions
                                   Creamy pasta dishes, roast pork, veal, grilled fish, cape salmon, shellfish, chicken and
                                   creamy cheeses.

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                                   Gold for Sauvignon Blanc
                                   At the recent Michelangelo Awards the 2009 Van Loveren Sauvignon blanc was awarded
                                   with a gold medal. This wine has long been a favourite not only of the public (being the
                                   Van Loveren range’s best seller) but also of the Retief family and we were understandably
                                   chuffed with the accolade! Be quick to get your hands on some as stock is flying!

                                   Congratulations to winemakers Danelle van Rensburg and Bussell Retief for this fine

                                   Van Loveren Awards and Achievements for 2009

                                   Michelangelo Awards 2009
                                   GOLD:         Van Loveren Sauvignon Blanc 2009
                                   SILVER:       Van Loveren Blanc de Blanc 2009

                                   SA Youngwineshow 2009
                                   CLASS Winner: Van Loveren Blanc de Noir Red Muscadel 2009
                                   GOLD:         Van Loveren Colombar 2009
                                   GOLD:         Five’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (not in bottle)
                                   SILVER:       Van Loveren Cramond 2009
                                   SILVER:       Five’s Reserve Chenin Blanc 2009
                                   SILVER:       Van Loveren Chardonnay 2008
                                   SILVER:       Five's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2009
                                   SILVER:       Van Loveren Red Muscadel 2009
                                   SILVER:       Semillon/Nouvelle 2009 (not in bottle)
                                   SILVER:       Colombar/Chenin Blanc (not in bottle)

                                   Robertson Youngwineshow 2009
                                   TROPHY:       Van Loveren Semillon 2009
                                   BMW TROPHY: Best 5 nominated wines in the Robertson Wine Valley.
                                   CLASS Winner: Blanc de Noir Red Muscadel 2009
                                   CLASS Winner: Blanc de Noir Shiraz 2009

                                   Woman Winemaker of the year 2009
                                   Winemaker Danelle van Rensburg was nominated with our Van Loveren Colombar 2009

                                   Classic Wine Trophy 2009
                                   SILVER:         Van Loveren Wolverine Creek Limited Shiraz 2007

                                   Selections Mondiales des vins Canada 2009
                                   SILVER:       Van Loveren Wolverine Creek Limited Shiraz 2007

                                   WINE Magazine – April 2009
                                   4 Stars:     Van Loveren Wolverine Creek Limited Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

                                   SA Youngwineshow 2009
                                   GOLD:        Van Loveren Colombar 2008 (and CLASS winner)
                                   GOLD:        Van Loveren Wolverine Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
                                   SILVER:      Five's Reserve Merlot Rose 2008
                                   SILVER:      Van Loveren Blanc de Noir Shiraz 2008

                                   Four Cousins Sparkling Wines
    Kathy Raath Promotions
       Cell: 072 2004 700          A recent addition to the already popular FC White, FC Pink and FC Red is the FC Sauvignon
       Tel: 021 8554033            blanc Brut Sparkling wine. With spring in full swing and summer looming this wine – with
   Fax: 086 617 DANE (3263)        fresh apple tones and lemon-zest crispness - is the perfect bubbly for those lazy sunset
22 Aster Rd, Somerset West, 7130   afternoons.
                                   Bouchard Finlayson New Releases

                                                             Walker Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2009
                                   Sauvignon Blanc arguably counts as South Africa’s most popular and best performing
                                   white variety.

                                   In a country so long dominated by Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc has raised its hand as a
                                   constant aromatic refresher, particularly during the warm summer months.

                                   Stylistically Sauvignon Blanc varies according to location and micro climate.         Best
                                   examples originating in cooler mostly coastal sites!

                                   Our vineyards located close to the cold Walker Bay Atlantic Ocean enjoy consistent
                                   moderate summer temperatures which provide fine floral flavours. These are enhanced
                                   by heavy clay soils where the flavour tends to be more tropical than herbaceous.

                                   The grapes from vintage 2009 have presented perfect fruit. It was a long dry season with
                                   ideal ripening conditions following a late winter and above average spring rainfall.

                                   This elevated vintage presents a really fresh generously bodied wine with full zesty
                                   aromatic flavours, a long mineral finish and promise to develop with a full palate!

                                   Alcohol        13.2%                             Total Acidity   6.8g/l
                                   Residual Sugar 2.3g/l                            pH              3.28

                                                                        Hannibal 2007

                                   Some years ago I described creating the Hannibal Blend as an indulgence; it’s about the
                                   different grapes painting diverse taste colours. It is these taste colours which allow for
                                   Hannibal to be different and eclectically unique.

                                   Creating a wine based on three principle grapes, namely Sangiovese, Pinot noir and
                                   Nebbiolo was started twenty years ago – this with the importation of Sangiovese and
                                   Nebbiolo in 1989. It took twelve years to satisfy the essential nature of this composition.

                                   Vintage 2007 has reverted to receiving a much smaller content of Shiraz than in 2006 –
                                   This time 13 %. Sangiovese dominates with 52 % followed by Pinot noir at 14 % then
                                   Shiraz 13 %, Nebbiolo 9 %, Mourvedre 9 % and Barbera 3 %.

                                   This wine has concentrated dark fruit nose with an austere, gentle palate weight. Tannins
                                   are velvety and offer a slow-pronounced aromatic finish!

                                   Alcohol        13.70 %                          Total Acid       5.6 g/l
                                   Residual Sugar 1.7 g/l                          pH               3.60
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                                   We will have a Gourmet spitbraai on Saturday the 24th October 2009 as part of the Foot of
                                   the Helderberg Festival in which we participate. More details will be on the website nearer
                                   the time.
                                   Dornier New Releases
                                                                   Dornier Chenin Blanc 2009
                                   Vintage Conditions
                                   The 2009 vintage was hailed one of the best vintages since 2003. Moderately warm climatic
                                   conditions prevailed throughout the growing seasons with relatively little rain resulting in
                                   even vine growth. These characteristics are very desirable for top quality fruit production.
                                   Crop levels however were slightly lower than previous years, but as is often the case it can
                                   lead to more intense fruit expression.
                                   Fermentation and Aging
                                   Fruit for this wine was sourced from the semi-arid Swartland area, well known for its dry-
                                   land bush vine Chenin blanc. Due to a somewhat harsh terroir, the fruit is of exceptional
                                   quality and concentration. The grapes received a light press immediately after arrival at the
                                   cellar followed by fermentation in tank as well as older barrels. The wine remained on the
                                   full lees with regular battonage for a further 5 months before filtering and bottling.
                                   Peak drinking
                                   2009 through 2011
                                   Tasting Note by the Winemaker
                                   Exceptional quality fruit is what distinguishes this wine. Fresh flavours of litchi, ripe, white
                                   pear and peach dominate the nose. A rich, full flavour profile is supported by a
                                   concentrated yet silky mouth-feel along with a distinct mineral quality adding a crisp finish
                                   to the wine.
                                   Food Pairing
                                   Enjoy with most rich seafood dishes, light style chicken dishes, salads and even mild Thai
                                   curry dishes.
                                   Alcohol:        14.5 %                            Residual Sugar:          3.45 g/l
                                   VA:             0.3g/L           TA: 6.0          pH:                      3.4

                                   Dornier Bodega Asparagus Festival
                                   The beginning of the local asparagus season is a new highlight in the Stellenbosch foodie
                                   calendar. This spring our chef will be celebrating this healthy, delicately flavoured
                                   aphrodisiac by creating numerous fresh culinary delights paired with our wines. We invite
                                   you join us for this memorable experience that will bring together the flavours of our
                                   natural surroundings and tantalize your taste buds.
    Bodega Restaurant
                                   The following are examples of asparagus dishes:
                                   • Green and White Asparagus soup with nutmeg with freshly baked bread
                                   • Green asparagus, feta, peppadew and olive salad
                                   • Asparagus and Gruerre cheese quiche with rocket salad
                                   • Warm Rosti with green asparagus, smoked salmon, herbed cream cheese and capers
    Kathy Raath Promotions         • Double baked Goats cheese soufflé with White asparagus cream
       Cell: 072 2004 700          • Green asparagus with smoked salmon poached egg and dill hollandaise
       Tel: 021 8554033            • Flammekuchen with green asparagus, smoked salmon, spring onion, capers, rocket and
   Fax: 086 617 DANE (3263)        dill
22 Aster Rd, Somerset West, 7130   • Asparagus and Porcini mushroom risotto with freshly grated parmesan cheese        • Extra large White Asparagus with poached egg and sherry sauce
                                   • Extra Large Big Fat White Asparagus with Hollandaise, Horseradish and herb vinaigrette
  BODEGA RESTAURANT                • Extra large White Asparagus with cured ham, egg and Hollandaise
Farm Cuisine - Inspired by         • Extra large White asparagus and fresh perlemoen gratin
Fresh Ingredients and Fine
In the ragged folds of the
Stellenbosch Mountain -
between fynbos-clad hills
and manicured vines – lies a
culinary            destination
beckoning both food and
wine       aficionados      and
Housed in the pastoral allure
of a historic barn, the Dornier
Bodega pursues the perfect         Dornier 2009 Accolades and Awards
marriage between modern
food preparation and classic       Wine                    Vintage     Accolade   From
elegance that has come to be
                                   Dornier Donatus White
expected       from     Dornier
                                                           2008        Bronze     Decanter World Wine Awards
Guests are invited to elevate                              2007        ****1/2    John Platter
their senses in a relaxed          Dornier Donatus Red
environment, and indulge in                                2006        ****1/2    John Platter
a Dornier dominated wine                                   2004        18/20      Weinwisser, Rene Gabriel
list that accentuates the          Dornier Merlot
locally-sourced           fresh                            2005        ****       John Platter
ingredients of the Bodega’s                                2004        17/20      Weinwisser, Rene Gabriel
daily changing menu.               Dornier Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Tasting & Sales:
                                                           2006        ****       John Platter
Open daily 10H00 – 17H00
Restaurant:                                                2005        17/20      Weinwisser, Rene Gabriel
Open for lunch daily 12H00-        Dornier Pinotage
17H00                                                      2007        Bronze     Decanter World Wine Awards
Open for dinner Thursday to                                2006        ****       John Platter
Saturday from 18H00-21H30          Cocoa Hill Chenin Blanc
Closed January 1st and                                     2009        Silver     Mundus Vini
Christmas Day                                              2008        ***        John Platter
Closed from 25 May – 15            Cocoa Hill Sauvignon Blanc
June 2009 (Open for Wine                                   2009        Silver     Mundus Vini
Tasting & Sales)
                                                           2008        ***        John Platter
Limited seating, booking is
essential.                         Cocoa Hill Rosé
Make an online reservation                                 2009        Silver      Michelangelo International Wine Awards
here                                                       2008        ***         John Platter
E:            Cocoa Hill Red
T: +27 21 880 0557                                         2007        Gold    Michelangelo International Wine Awards
F: +27 21 880 2117                                                     Commended       Decanter World Wine Awards
                                                                       ***1/2  John Platter

    Kathy Raath Promotions
       Cell: 072 2004 700
       Tel: 021 8554033
   Fax: 086 617 DANE (3263)
22 Aster Rd, Somerset West, 7130
An ode to Lula Afrika Syrah
       taken from
She’s long and lean and lovely
With legs that blow your mind
A smooth and spicy baby
With a smoky hot behind
A ripe and fruity body
For when I unwind
That’s my Lula
She’s really quite a find
Her accent drives me crazy
I love to hear her talk
She says “twist off my top
And come and take a gawk”
As she slips into the glass
I watch her like a hawk
That’s my Lula
She really pops my cork             If you haven’t seen it yet, check out our new website at You’ll read
She is smooth and dark and          about how our wines are handmade naturally, just like wine was made 100 years ago. It’s
sultry                              a risk we take, but one we feel is unquestionably worthwhile, and hope you agree when
A warm exotic dear                  you taste any of our wines, each a true reflection of their vineyard origin. Theres also
Her scent pervades my nostrils      some great pictures, so take a browse through the gallery section.
Her spirit placates fear
And when her bottle’s empty         Rudera new vintage releases
There’s another dozen here
That’s my Lula                      Onto the wines, and October sees us release some new vintages. The Rudera Chenin
I’m glad to have her near           Blanc 2008 is showing beautiful clean Chenin flavours on the palate, and is a touch lighter
                                    in weight than the previous years. However, the flavours are complex and we’re
                                    extremely happy with this vintage. The Rudera Robusto 2008 is also out, another cracking
                                    year and the wine is showing the signature round, full-flavoured character that has made
                                    it so sought after.
                                    Not to be overlooked, the new vintages of our Lula Afrika range are also hitting the shelf.
                                    The Lula Afrika Shiraz 2008 and Lula Afrika Chenin 2009 both offer true-to-varietal flavour,
                                    an approachable style and excellent value.
                                    Rudera Chenin Blanc 2008
                                    Tasting Notes
                                    Bright gold, green tinge. Tropical, citrus nose. Baked apples, grapefruit and quince create
                                    a rich palate with savoury complexity. A weighty wine with great balance of wood and
                                    fruit. Lovely long finish.
                                    “Another wonderful expression of Chenin, with hazelnut, lemon balm and nougat notes
                                    and a stunning texture.” – Matthew Jukes’ Top 50 from Cape Wine2008
                                    In The Vineyard
                                    These Chenin Blanc vineyards are situated on a cool slope in the prime Koelenhof and
                                    Faure area of Stellenbosch. The bush vines were planted on broken shale and
                                    decomposed Table Mountain Sandstone in 1977 and 1986 respectively, and are fully
                                    The Harvest
                                    The grapes were hand-picked in the early morning from old bush vines at between 23.9º
     Kathy Raath Promotions         and 25.7º Balling. The yield was 5.5 tons per hectare with acids above 6.7 g/l and pH
        Cell: 072 2004 700          generally below 3.22.
        Tel: 021 8554033
                                    Ageing Potential
    Fax: 086 617 DANE (3263)
                                    Drinking exceptionally well now and will gain in intricacy over the next two to six years.
 22 Aster Rd, Somerset West, 7130        Blending Information           100% Chenin blanc
                                   KRP moving with the times
                                   We would like to invite our trade customers and producers to join our new Facebook
                                   group. We intend to use the platform to interact with everyone regarding new releases
                                   and offerings and hope that you will use the opportunity to market special offers and
                                   events to the group.
                                   We hope to be able to offer monthly prizes through the KRP group in the near future, so
                                   please contact Amanda should you wish to market your establishment using this
                                   interactive and current medium.
                                   The group is private and only our customers and traders will be able to join, Click here to
                                   go directly to the group and request to join.

                                   KRP Trade Show 2009

                                   Kathy Raath Promotions hosted its now esteemed Trade Show at the gorgeous Grand cafe
                                   on the 25th of August this year. The spectacular view and superb decor and food of the
                                   Grand Cafe made for a lovely evening as the sun set over the ocean. Many thanks to our
                                   producers for presenting their outstanding wines and for donating generous prizes for our
                                   lucky draw.

                                   We would like to thank our trade customers for attending and making the evening a fun
                                   and relaxed event, we are sure that you tasted wines that will complement your menus
                                   and enhance your offerings. We hope to see you all at next years’ show.

    Kathy Raath Promotions
       Cell: 072 2004 700
       Tel: 021 8554033
   Fax: 086 617 DANE (3263)
22 Aster Rd, Somerset West, 7130

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